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Are Shoe Trees Important

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrTKN, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Distinguished Member

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    Sheepie I would like to register my disagreement with Ed Morel. That is one of the best posts I have ever seen on SF!
     


  2. atlrus

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    "Wife leaves noob for fireman" seems a bit "subjective" on the Happiness scale :)

    I've always wondering why $500+ shoes don't come with complimentary trees?!? You would think if they were so important:
    a). The manufacturer would offer them as part of the package, just like they sell the shoe with the lace for free.
    b). The shoes would be kept in the box with the complimentary trees inserted. I can imagine that very expensive shoes in odd sizes take quite a while to sell.
     


  3. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    jeezaweez. buy shoe trees. its that simple. :)


    also this
     


  4. acridsheep

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    Thank you. Ed has seen the light and joined the flock. We all make mistakes.
     


  5. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Distinguished Member

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    Why do trees look like this...

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    ...instead of this...

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    ...with a fabric layer like this...

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    ...so that a shoe "tree" would look like this?

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    ?
     
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  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    would you like to join me in a business venture. i need some capital.
     


  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Distinguished Member

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    It seems to me that the perfect way to store clothes and shoes would be to have multitude of mannequins...

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    ...exactly in one's size and dimensions. So, you know, you take off your clothes and shoes, and put them on the mannequin, on which they retain perfect shape.

    Someone unfamiliar with Qin Shi Huang will probably say something like, "Oh, that would take too much terracotta, blah blah blah," but it can be done. Failing that, if space is a factor, why not just the feet? For such feet would be smaller in outline than the shoes, and so, take up no more space.

    :confused:
     
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  9. Karl_in_Chicago

    Karl_in_Chicago Well-Known Member

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    Obviously those are SOCK trees! That's a whole different thread.
     


  10. Trompe le Monde

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    thats a lot of text describing a shade of gray

    if you dont think you need 30$ trees, dont buy them
     


  11. Patrick R

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    You could make custom made shoe trees using the customer's foot for the mold. Seems like the ideal solution. Make it happen.
     


  12. Patek

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    CVS tape rolled into balls and shoved into shoes also makes a great shoe tree.
     


  13. JayJay

    JayJay Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^^^Newspaper stuffed in the shoes works, too. It's often what I use when I travel.
     


  14. kasakka

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    Pretty much the same experience. If you look at shoes at a thrift store, many that are low quality to begin with and haven't been used with shoe trees ever, you'll see that they've basically collapsed. They've lost the shape of the shoe and while you can put them back on, you'll have shoes that are full of wrinkles, creased, cracks and whatnot. No, shoe trees are not a necessity, but they're a small investment for keeping your shoes in good condition longer.

    I've also had one pair of shoes stretched a bit to fit my feet better and the shoe trees will help keep them that way.

    Oh and the reason why shoe trees look like they do is:

    1. They don't need to look like real feet. They're meant to fit the inside of the shoe, which is not exactly like your feet unless you're into that nasty Chinese foot binding thing.
    2. They don't have socks because the wood is enough to wick moisture away. If they had socks you'd need to change them from time to time whereas the wood will dry on its own better. Plus the cedar wood gives a nice scent.
     


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    Perhaps they could be deployed round town as full size SF spokesmodels when one is not wearing said ensemble. Thus gaining double duty from one's clothing investment. What say you Reev?
     
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